Bermuda buffeted by wind, rain from passing Rafael

9:01 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) - Fast-moving Hurricane Rafael is pelting Bermuda with rain and gusty winds tonight.

It's a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds at its center, which is about 115 miles east-southeast of the island. Since the hurricane-force winds only extend out by some 35 miles, Bermuda is getting tropical-storm-force winds that are expected to subside tomorrow morning.

Bermuda's weather service director says gusts in the highest areas of the island could reach up to 75 mph and there may be flooding.

Rafael is moving north-northeast at 26 mph and it's expected to gradually weaken over the next 48 hours as it heads out further over the open Atlantic.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Rafael should fizzle out later this week.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Paul is now a tropical storm as it nears landfall on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Baja peninsula.

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